Florida Urban Legends: Share Your Stories!

The staff of the State Archives of Florida are excited to introduce our Oral Tradition and Urban Legends project, highlighting the cultural significance of urban legends and the oral tradition. This two-part project will consist of a radio feature on the subject of the oral tradition in Florida, as well as the establishment of a new collection of oral histories contributed by Floridians.

Postcard advertising the mysterious Spook Hill attraction in Lake Wales, Florida.

First, listen to our radio feature below about Oral Tradition and Urban Legends in which State Folklorist Amanda Griffis and Sound Archivist Ross Brand discuss oral tradition in Florida and best practices for recording and preserving your own stories for future generations.

Oral Tradition and Urban Legends Radio Feature

Many myths surround the Phillips Mausoleum in Tallahassee.

After listening, record your own tales and share them with us! The State Archives of Florida is developing a new collection of urban legends, ghost stories and other Florida lore, and we need your stories. Does your community whisper tales of haunted cemeteries, vengeful spirits or other creepy happenings? Have you had your own experience with a local ghost or strange place? We want to hear Florida-specific urban legends and other tales from across Florida straight from the experience and perspectives of Floridians. Record the ghost stories, Florida folktales and urban legends that you remember from your childhood, or interview family or members of your community to capture their own tall tales.

Recordings can be uploaded and shared on social media under the hashtag #TalesFromFla. If you would like to submit your recording to be included in our new collection of urban legends oral histories and perhaps even be featured on our official Facebook page, you can email your recording to TalesFromFla@gmail.com. The submission deadline is October 31, 2019.

The Old Jail attraction in St. Augustine is often reputed to be haunted.

The Oral Tradition and Urban Legends project is just one of the ways that we will be celebrating American Archives Month 2019 this October as we explore “Tales from the Archives.” This year, we will be highlighting some of the darker, spookier records we have in our holdings to illustrate how archives can be used to examine the past and explore historical narratives. For more information on our upcoming events, check out the American Archives Month web page.

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